Thursday, May 7, 2015

Creationism Resources

The historic biblical doctrine of a six-day creation and the historicity of the first man Adam remain among Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary's signature issues. These doctrines are central to the church's understanding of the full authority of scripture as the "supreme judge by which all controversies of religion are to be determined" (WCF). We hold with the Westminster Confession of Faith, Chapter 4:
"It pleased God the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, for the manifestation of the glory of his eternal power, wisdom, and goodness, in the beginning, to create, or make of nothing, the world, and all things therein whether visible or invisible, in the space of six days; and all very good."

Here are some resources recommended by GPTS Librarian Andy Wortman for further study and consideration:

The Quest for the Historical Adam by William Vandoodewaard

Was Adam really a historical person, and can we trust the biblical story of human origins? Or is the story of Eden simply a metaphor, leaving scientists the job to correctly reconstruct the truth of how humanity began? Although the church currently faces these pressing questions exacerbated as they are by scientific and philosophical developments of our age we must not think that they are completely new. In The Quest for the Historical Adam, William VanDoodewaard recovers and assesses the teaching of those who have gone before us, providing a historical survey of Genesis commentary on human origins from the patristic era to the present.

God, Adam and You by Richard Phillips, ed.

Does it matter if Adam was a historical being? Many Christians today think Adam can be relegated to mythology or symbolism without compromising too much of the Christian faith.

These authors disagree. They hold that Adam was a historical being and that his existence is necessary to our faith and witness. What one believes about Adam's existence makes a difference to how we understand God, mankind, the person and ministry of Jesus, the Bible, and the gospel. It is essential, they argue, to defend the Bible's teaching on creation and Adam.

Did God Create in 6 Days?

The answer to this question strikes at the very heart of the accuracy of the Bible. Due in large part to the influence of Enlightenment thinking, no part of Scripture has been under greater scrutiny than the first three chapters of Genesis. In this significant and needed work, Dr. Joseph Pipa and Dr. David Hall present a collection of essays designed to further an accurate understanding of the six days of Creation. Literal and non-literal views are presented, defended, and critically examined. You will come away from this book challenged and better informed of all views in this important debate. Hear lectures below from the GPTS 1999 Conference on which this book was based: Audio from the GPTS 1999 Conference on Creation. Note especially the Steven Berry and Duncan Rankin lectures on Southern Presbyterians and Creation.

Audio from the GPTS 2013 Conference on the Doctrine of Man

Hear Dr. Richard Belcher on the "Supernatural Creation of Man" and William Vandoodewaard on "Thomas Boston and the Four-Fold State," among other lectures.

James White's Critique of Peter Enns

Audio from the GPTS 2010 Conference on the Nature and Sufficiency of Scripture.